2023 Elections: No Suspect On Trial For Electoral Fraud In Sokoto – INEC

Cross section of stakeholders at INEC Office Sokoto State during the Stakeholders Forum meeting in preparation for the upcoming re-run elections in 46 PUs of 4 LGAs on 3rd February, 2024.
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From Ankeli Emmanuel, Sokoto

The Litigation and Prosecution Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sokoto State, Barrister Fodio Saidu, has said to the best of his understanding they are not prosecuting anybody for now over any infraction or electoral offenses from the 2023 general election. 

Barrister Fodio, who made the disclosure  in response to a question asked by a concerned stakeholder on if any offender is being prosecuted after the 2023 general election, added that the relevant security agencies did not bring any file of any electoral offender for prosecution. 

According to him, INEC as a commission is not primarily saddled with the responsibility of arresting electoral offenders, but only prosecute if such alleged offenders are attested, investigated and their files brought to INEC by the Police. 

Registering his displeasure over the response that nobody is under investigation or prosecution for electoral offences from the 2023 general elections in Sokoto, the State chairman of NNPP, Abdulrauf Yusuf Gidadawa, said both the security agencies and INEC were not sincere as, according to him, lots of infractions were committed during the general elections of 2023. 

“There are those whose electoral victories are fraudulent and they are still in power till date without any court giving order for cancellation and re-run maybe because they belong to the party in power”, Gidadawa alleged.

Speaking earlier on Tuesday at the State Electoral Stakeholders Forum on the preparation for the Yabo/Shagari Federal Constituency, Bodinga North and Tambuwal West State Constituencies re-run election as ordered by the Court, INEC Adminstrative Secretary in Sokoto, Barrister Hauwa Aliyu Kangiwa, said elections shall be conducted in 18 Registration Areas, 64 Polling Units across 4 LGAs of Yabo, Shagari, Bodinga and Tambuwal respectively. 

While noting that campaigns in tbe affected areas have commenced after their publication since 5th January, 2024, Barrister Kangiwa insisted that, the campaigns will end on the 1st of February, 2024 as election will be holden on the 3th of February, 2024. 

Kangiwa, who reassured that NEC was fully prepared to deliver fair, credible and transparent election like always, added that they would also use BVAS for accreditation and voting. 

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